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The Baby Is One Month

Camille, oh, Camille. How you have changed our lives for the better in one short month!


Bringing you home was one of the happiest days of my life. Although it was scary to leave the hospital, knowing that caring and knowledgeable nurses were just a quick button push away, we were excited to get you to your new home.

We spent the next few days just gazing at you and trying to learn each others' schedules.





You were home on Friday and had some of your very first visitors on Saturday evening. You wooed them all.



On Sunday, your Binkie (my mom) came into town and helped us tremendously. And basically, she never had you out of her arms. Who could put you down with that delicious smooshy face of yours?


The Monday after you came home, you had your first pediatrician's visit at five days old. You nearly gained back all of the weight you lost in the hospital, my good little eater!



The pediatrician gave us the go-ahead to start tummy time with you. Sometimes you love it, sometimes you cry. Mama to the rescue.


My dad, your grandfather, was passing through town one afternoon and just had to come by and see your sweet face again.



We delighted as it looked like you were starting to discover your own fingers for self-soothing, but that was pretty short-lived. 

We planned to introduce a pacifier to you no earlier than 4 weeks, but ended up giving it to you at 2.5 weeks. No regrets -- you love it and it keeps you very, very happy. You don't use it often, mainly just during naps to help you fall asleep.


Your first public outing was to Target and you screamed through most of it (as well as your second visit there, too).

You also had your first visit of many to the lakehouse, where you met your Uncle T for the very first time. Auntie Yaya, who was at the hospital for your birth, continued to fall in love with you.

(PS, you love ceiling fans.)



You experienced your first Memorial Day on May 26th, and Mama and Daddy celebrated their three year wedding anniversary on May 28th.




You also had your very first bath, and Mama and Daddy realized how much you don't like being cold. Baths have gotten a lot easier as we have realized how to keep you pleased as peas.






Your facial expressions are getting cuter and cuter by the day. Around three weeks you started smiling a little bit, although the smiles came at unpredictable times. As you grew closer to four weeks, they started coming a little more often and seemed more genuine.

Your surprised face is the BEST.




You also experienced your very first trip to the mountains. The family house in Boone is where we got engaged, so it was wonderful having you there with us. (This is the Moby wrap, and you love it ... it puts you right to sleep!)



People always comment about how alert and bright-eyed you are. You have these delicious, large blue eyes and I am wondering if they will stay blue like your Daddy's eyes.

According to most, you have your Daddy's nose for sure, maybe his eyes, maybe Mama's eyes. Mama's coloring, no doubt about it. Mama's long fingers.




Speaking of Daddy, he gave you your very first bottle of Mama's milk the day you turned four weeks old. You took it like a champ and continue to nurse without any issues at all. You take about 3-4 ounces of milk from a bottle when you have one, although I nurse you the vast majority of the time.

(Daddy's embarrassed that he was wearing this old, worn-out jersey from college ultimate frisbee tournaments for this photo on Mama's blog.)



Giving you a bottle allowed Mama to have her first girls' night out the day you turned one month old. Although I could stare in your eyes all day long, it was nice to get out for a little while with my best girlfriends.


During this month, you have moved from newborn diapers to size one diapers. They look big on your booty, but blowouts happen a lot less often (sorry if that embarrasses you, honey). You still fit into some of your newborn clothes, but not all of them. One of the most frustrating moments for me is getting you into and out of clothes that aren't easily fastened with zippers, buttons or snaps. I've had some #momfail moments when I've felt like I've gotten you stuck in a piece of clothing. I hate it more than you!

Your face is changing shape and getting longer (and can I say -- more and more beautiful each day). You can easily track my face or a toy when I move from one side to the other in front of you.

Baby gear ... you love your swing like crazy. You also like your rock and play, especially for naps. The bouncy seat helps Mama out when she needs to shower but wants to keep an eye on you. I also have your hooded towel on the bouncy seat so that when you are done with your bath, you can go right to the comfort of the towel and get wrapped up easily.

You slept in the bassinet on my side of the bed until you were exactly one month old. On June 14th, you transitioned to the crib in your nursery. You did so well, and I thank my girlfriends who recommended starting slowly with some daytime naps in the crib.

Sweet Camille, you are also known as Millie, Millie-girl, The Millster, Little Pea, Pea, Peapod, The Peepster, and The Littlest.

You have our heart and we can't wait to see what month two brings us.

Love you, dear baby.

44 comments:

  1. What a beautiful month with little pea! Her surprise face is definitely the best and I could stare at those sweet eyes all day. Happy 1 month baby girl!

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  2. Awww she is precious April! I love this recap of her first month of life. You'll be thrilled you have this one day!

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  3. Precious, precious words. And that surprised face is the best ever!!!! xx

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  4. The swing is great and Shelby loved it too! You look awesome!

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  5. She is just precious! And you look great, mom

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  6. So sweet. I loved this post and see your photos!! Happy One Month to Camille.

    Xo,L
    simplylowcountry.com

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  7. This is so so sweet! You guys are such a beautiful family! My little two week old is in the bassinet beside me now and all I can think is how it goes by way way too fast! It looks like you are truly making the most of every single moment!

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  8. What a wonderful first month on earth!! xx

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  9. Happy one month sweet girl and happy one month surviving a newborn to mommy and daddy!!

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  10. What a beautifully written post! Almost brought tears to my eyes! She's absolutely a doll, and it's so amazing how fast time goes by and how fast they grow. Enjoy every moment with The Littlest!

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  11. Congratulations on the 1st month mama! Keep savouring every moment, each one is so precious! xx

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  12. How wonderful she's in the crib and doing great! Yay! I thought that was such a big milestone for Ava, too! Also her surprised face... TOO cute! haha Happy 1 month!

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  13. Such a beautiful baby. The perfect addition to a beautiful family! Happy 1 month b-day to sweet Camille.

    We totally introduced a pacifier, after thinking I wouldn't, as soon as we got home from the hospital. I know every baby is different but it worked out fine... Our Alice is 1 now and never uses a pacifier...because she's a thumb sucker. Ha!

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  14. Those eyes! She is absolutely beautiful!

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  15. She is just gorgeous.
    You look so amazing yourself lady!
    ... my money is on those eyes turning. They are awfully dark for blue eyes :)

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  16. What a sweet way to keep track of Camille's life so far. I'm sure you will love looking back at this later on. Thank you for continuing to share your journey with the blogging world!

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  17. she is so precious!!! Time flies for sure!

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  18. The picture of her in the Moby - adorable! She's so beautiful. You look fantastic, too!

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  19. How sweet!! Little Camille is just too precious!! I love her big, bright eyes & all of her dark hair!

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  20. She is so adorable!!! I love this whole post so much! Haha and your husband's old tshirt made me laugh...I def have a few pics of Travis wearing similar attire on my blog! :)

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  21. She is so beautiful - such big eyes. And you look wonderful too!

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  22. Precious post! Love her surprised face, too cute!

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  23. She is so beautiful and I think the name Camille suits her to a T!

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  24. Those big beautiful eyes!! She's just gorgeous. Our first Target trip wasn't well received either- trip #2 went better : ) It's so much fun to see such a familiar storyline in your blog, as my life looks so very similar right now!

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  25. Such a beautiful little girl!! So alert and way to go on the crib transition. I am hoping to do it that quickly as well!

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  26. This is such a great way to write about her first month of life. Her surprised face is really the best, so cute! Thanks for sharing :)

    -Rosy A Joyful Kind of Life

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  27. She is seriously one of the most beautiful little babies!! Cannot wait to meet her next week :)

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  28. Thank you for sharing. She is beautiful! April.

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  29. She is absolutely beautiful! Her surprised face? I melt xo

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  30. What a beautiful and cute little princess! Her surprised face is so sweet :)


    End of tenancy cleaning Tooting

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  31. April, I've loved following along since baby Camille was born. Congratulations! She is just beautiful. Her eyes are so bright and sweet. I love how loving you are to Ian, and you look ravishing my dear! xx

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  32. Such precious pictures! Love how detailed your post is. Totally wish I would have started a blog when my daughter was a tiny baby. Loves reading this post because it reminded me her first outing was at target and she screamed the entire time too. We just left. First time parents and the naive ninja set in...we were embarrassed thinking only our baby screamed like that ;)

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  33. Sweet little Camille. I love all these pictures from her first month!

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  34. So sweet! And she is truly beautiful.

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  35. Oh! She is just adorable! She really does look so alert and happy :) It looks like you've had a very busy month!

    Happy one month Camille! x

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  36. so so so sweet! What an exciting first month :D

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  37. She is such a beautiful baby, love all that dark hair!! Happy One Month!

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  38. Okay, I'm totally crying right now. This is probably the sweetest post I've ever read on any blog!! So happy that Millie girl is doing so great. She really is beautiful, but I wouldn't expect anything less with a supermodel mom and hunky dad!

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  39. She had quite a busy month! Happy 1 month, beautiful girl!

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  40. This is so sweet!!!! She is beautiful

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